From the late ’80s through 1997, Joseph A. Gervasi, his brother Bull and some friends headed up something called The Cabbage Collective ‚Äî a loose group of young hardcore/all-ages promoters who’d put on shows wherever they could. As often as not, this meant places like The Harwan Theatre in South Jersey and Stalag 13 in West Philly. (Interesting historical note: The Cabbage Collective also “discovered” the First Unitarian Church as a music venue.) During these days, there was a real dearth of venues for punk bands ‚Äî hell, for any independent bands ‚Äî to play. And while cruising down memory lane (read: MySpace, where hardcore bands often have gravesites) recently, Gervasi decided that he’d get as much of the old gang together as he could. “These bands meant so much to the people who grew up in this area. Philly hardcore has been a part of my life for the last 20 years and has influenced many friends I’m still close with,” says Gervasi. “While I tend to stay away from reunion shows because they tend to be tacky and I’m not prone to bouts of nostalgia, I know that if someone else put on a Legends of Philly Hardcore Show I’d be the first guy in line.” So who are the bands? Get out your oxblood Doc’s out, people, ‘cos the pit is gonna be smokin’!
Talk about taking it back to the old school. The show is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, 2007 at the Latvian Society at 531 N 7th St. We’ll keep you updated as the event draws closer.
Previously: Pagan Babies, “Boxed In”